These are young people who were brought here as children, grew up in the US, and are now young adults without U.S. citizenship. In 2012 President Obama signed an Executive Order (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to provide relief from deportation to qualified, young adults so that they can go to school, drive, and work.
On September 5, the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that the DACA program will be rescinded. Here are some specifics:
- There will be no new DACA applications accepted. The program will end in March, 2018 unless Congress acts to continue it, for example through the proposed Dream Act.
- DACA renewals (for some recipients) will be accepted until October 5th for those whose status is due to expire before March, 2018.
- USCIS (the federal government) will continue to charge $495 for each renewal application.
If you’d like to learn more about DACA and the current, national situation, here is a good website: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/trump-ends-daca-dreamers-immigration-442789653.html
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY
Here in Charlottesville, Sin Barreras and Legal Aid Justice Center have agreed to work quickly with as many of our local DACA recipients as possible to renew their status before October 5th. These two local nonprofits are and have been on the front line of helping initial and renewal DACA applicants – and they are currently poised to support dozens of DACA renewals if we can support the application fees.
Sin Barreras and Legal Aid Justice Center hope to raise $25,000 to support these DACA renewals for any Dreamer on an as-needed basis. Any additional funds we raise will be used for Dreamer’s legal support going forward.
Any size donation is very much needed – and appreciated.
CALL TO ACTION
If you are willing to help our Dreamers, please go the Sin Barreras website (write “Dreamer” in the message box) at www.sinbarrerascville.com or send your check (write “Dreamers” in the subject line) to Sin Barreras, PO Box 6433, Charlottesville, VA 22906.
If you have questions or want more information, please contact , Ruling Elder.